Will the cloud automate operations out of existence?

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Eric Knorr.

Jeffrey Snover, a 16-year Microsoft veteran and brilliant technologist, clearly identifies with the IT operations side of the house. "That's my tribe," he says. "I'm very optimistic about their future." Despite that tribal affiliation, Snover may be helping to automate many operations folks out of a job, though I'm sure he would dispute that suggestion.

A distinguished engineer and the lead architect for Microsoft's Enterprise Cloud Group, Snover has been working closely with Azure CTO Mark Russinovitch to develop the automated infrastructure behind the Azure public cloud. That sophisticated technology is also winding its way into Windows Server, System Center, and other on-premises Microsoft solutions...

I spoke to Snover last week about Microsoft's approach to the software-defined data center, which he contrasts with the OpenStack approach -- one that requires expensive system integrators to deploy:...

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